The grass is always greener in German stadiums. And the energy too!

The German Bundesliga is one of the strongest leagues in the world. The recipe for the success is sustainability: mainly the encouragements of youth talents. But the dedication to sustainability goes further. Guest author Chris thinks German football clubs could play a leading role for establishing a greener sports industry.

Westfalenstadion, home to Borussia Dortmund, h...

Signal Iduna Park, home to Borussia Dortmund, has the second highest average attendance in Europe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The football club Borussia Dortmund breaks new ground on sustainable economy. BVB’s new concept could be a pioneer project for sport clubs all over the world. All BVB facillities, like the stadium, the headquarter and the training area, work with 100% green energy. But there is even more to it. The roof of the stadium „Signal Iduna Park“ is a huge solar power station. It produces enough energy for up to 215 households. This makes BVB not only to one of the leading clubs in football, but also in progressive thinking.

Westfalenstadion Dortmund (=Signal Iduna Park)...

South Entrance of Signal Iduna Park Photo credit: Wikipedia

Borussia Dortmund goes further. BVB also started a co-operation with the green energy enterprise „Lichtblick“ (in English gleam of hope/ bright spot). Together they want to save about 25.000 tons of carbon dioxide. As a supporter of BVB or as a green energy lover you can simply change your supplier of electric energy to „Strom 09“ (Energy 09). It’s 100% green and support climate protection to 100%. In my case – I both support BVB and love green energy – the decision to change was easy.

But Borussia Dortmund is not the only club in the Bundesliga that goes green. Werder Bremen, Freiburg, Mainz 05 and Nürnberg also installed solar panels on their roofs. Since this year the Bundesliga publishes an environmental report, where football clubs can explain how they want to take steps towards a greener economy. Definitely a good read!

Regarding the steps the German sports industry takes towards green energy it is no wonder that the grass is greener on this side of the world.


4 thoughts on “The grass is always greener in German stadiums. And the energy too!

  1. This is great news! Germany as usual leading the game in sustainability. Here in Australia that is yet to happen. Coal is still the major industry here for energy production and yet the most polluting source, so you can imagine there are lots of lobbyists trying to slow down the renewable and clean initiatives.

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